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Financial Times 13,531 – Cincinnus

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 11th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 1 November 2010
Thank you, Mr Colin Inman for rotating the setters. After a couple of years of Dante and Crux, Cincinnus (aka Orlando in The Guardian) is a welcome change; which is not to say Dante and Crux are boring. If one  has sirloin steak every week, steak and kidney pie would be a welcome change. Phew!

ACROSS
9 KINKINESS KIN (family) x 2 + (l) ESS
10 OMEGA Ins of M (male) EG (exempli gratia, for example) in OA (middle letters of rOAd)
11 NANKEEN NAN (elderly relative) KEEN (allusion to as keen as mustard, meaning intensely enthusiastic) a buff-coloured cotton cloth first made at Nanking in China
12 ROSSINI ROSS (Sir James Clark Ross (1800–1862), a British naval officer and explorer of the Arctic and also the Antarctica) IN (at home) I (one)
13 YEA (R)
14 STRING ALONG dd
17 SUEDE Sounds like SWAYED (influenced)
18 CRU Sounds like CREW (band)
19 ORLOP Cha of O (middle letter of jOb) R L (left and right hands) OP (opus, work)
21 CUT AND PASTE CUT (ignore) + *(a pedant’s)
23 NAG Triple def
25 MACABRE *(bra came) as good as a MUDD clue and we know John Halpern’s favourite supporter is the bra :-)
27 PICASSO Ins of I (one) in PC (police constable) + ASS (silly fellow) O (round)
28 RILKE ha Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) a Bohemian–Austrian poet
29 THORNBILL THOR (god) NB (first letters of Not Bothering) ILL (sick)

DOWN
1 SKINNY Ins of INN (place to drink) in S (southern) KY (Kentucky) Beautiful surface using stout … I will drink to that
2 INUNDATE IN (in first) UND (German conjunction or joiner) ATE (put away)
3 EISENSTEIN Ins of SE (first and last letters of SpacE) in EINSTEIN (genius) Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (1898–1948) was a pioneering Soviet Russian film director
4 REIN Alternate letters from aRmEnIaNs
5 ASTRONAUTS *(Nasa tutors) Lovely surface
6 LOSS LOS (rev of SOL, nicely clued as sunrise) S (Second)
7 DE NIRO rha
8 MAKING UP MA (mother) KING (monarch) UP (not in bed)
15 RECIPIENTS *(nice priest) Cincinnus’s anagram clues are so well written that it’s a pleasure to solve
16 ADOLESCENT Ins of DOLE (handout) in ASCENT (getting to the top)
17 SYCAMORE SY (first and last letter of SorrY) CA (circa or about) MORE (further) Every time I see this word, I am reminded of Zaccheus, the short tax-collector in Jericho who climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus Christ
20 LONG SUIT Simple self-explanatory cha
22 TACKLE Rev of ELK + CAT (animals)
24 GOOGLE Ins of G (last letter of scraG) in GOOLE (Yorkshire port)
26 BOER BOUNCER (heavyweight) minus middle three letters
27 PROF PRO (for) F (female)

Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,531 – Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Yep, Uncle Yap, the clues you gave a special mention (1d, 5d and 15d) were exactly my Favourites of the Day – indeed, lovely surfaces.

    In 26d, I thought the ‘heavyweight’ was a BOXER, which after disheartening would become a BOER.

    I am not sure whether 14ac (STRING ALONG) is a dd.
    It could be that STRING is a ‘stay’, and ALONG is ‘with’.

    Pro saldo, as ever a good crossword from Cincinnus.

  2. John Newman says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap. I found this a much harder Cincinnus than usual and no wonder with clues like 19A. R and L for hands is too much for me to accept as being reasonable.

  3. jmac says:

    Thanks UY. A lovely puzzle. Agree with Sil re 26dn.

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